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DAT Solutions, which operates a marketplace for truckload freight, announced that an automated “Book Now” option is now available on select loads in the DAT Load Board network. Book Now streamlines the tendering process, allowing carriers to quickly search for loads and lock in a rate on their mobile or desktop device.
In its initial release, the automated booking feature will be available on loads posted by brokers that are participating in DAT’s early access program for Book Now. Beginning in May, all brokers will be able to add the Book Now option to their posted loads.
“One of the problems that has plagued any attempt to automate the time-consuming freight tendering process has been scaling the solution to work for every company,” said Sarita Benjamin, director of products at DAT. “That’s the focus of Book Now—to offer automated booking that fits our customers’ needs without sacrificing the business relationships they rely on.”
Book Now gives freight greater visibility on the load board. Carriers will be able to search the load board specifically for freight that has the Book Now option, drastically reducing the time it takes to find loads and negotiate rates.
“We’re constantly improving our technology to make it easier to do business in transportation,” said Claude Pumilia, DAT Solutions CEO and President. “Our goal is to create greater clarity for our customers across the entire freight journey.”
About DAT Solutions
DAT Solutions operates the largest truckload freight marketplace in North America. Transportation brokers, motor carriers, news organizations, and industry analysts rely on DAT for market trends and data insights based on 183 million freight matches and a database of $68 billion in annual market transactions. As the industry standard in truckload pricing, DAT’s freight rate database also provides the index prices for freight futures contracts.
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